Company building contractors licence - Queensland

Service summary

You require this licence if you are:

  • a building company acting as a contractor performing building work in Queensland where the value of work being performed (including labour and materials) is over $3,300.00 (including GST).
  • one of the following (regardless of the value of the work you undertake) :
  • building design (all classes)
  • fire protection (all classes)
  • completed residential building inspection
  • plumbing and/or drainage
  • gas fitting
  • site classifiers
  • termite management.

Please note:

Unlicensed contractors are required to state in their advertisements for building work the value of work they are entitled to carry out without a licence.

Some examples of statements that comply with these requirements include:

  • cannot perform building work valued in excess of $3,300
  • cannot perform building work valued at more than $3,300
  • only work valued at $3,300 or less

A penalty applies for an unlicensed contractor who fails to make such a statement in an advertisement.

If an advertisement by an unlicensed person does not refer to any sort of building work, no statement is required.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Building contractor

a person or company who carries on a business that consists of or includes carrying out building work, and includes a sub contractor who carries out building work for a building contractor.

Building work

But does not include work of a kind excluded by regulation from the ambit of this definition.

  1. the erection or construction of a building
  2. the renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a building
  3. the provision of lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, water supply, sewerage or drainage in connection with a building
  4. any site work (including the construction of retaining structures) related to work of a kind referred to above
  5. the preparation of plans or specifications for the performance of building work
  6. a contract administration carried out by a person in relation to the construction of a building designed by the person
  7. fire protection work
  8. carrying out site testing and classification in preparation for the erection or construction of a building on the site
  9. carrying out a completed building inspection
  10. the inspection or investigation of a building, and the provision of advice or a report for the following
    1. termite management systems for the building
    2. termite infestation in the building.
Company

means any body corporate.

Exempt building work
  1. anything mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (f) of the definition "Building Work" if it is for a farm building;
  2. work of a value of less than $3,300, unless
    1. subject to paragraph (ad), the work is within the scope of work of a fire protection licence; or
    2. the work is within the scope of work of a licence provided for in schedule 2, part 11, 14, 18, 19, 33, 48 or 52; or
    3. the work is within the scope of work of another licence provided for in schedule 2, and is carried out by a licensee as part of a contract for building work of which the value is $3,300 or more
  3. giving of free advice by an organisation the membership of which is drawn wholly or predominantly from the building industry
  4. work performed by an architect in the architect's professional practice
  5. work performed by an engineer in the engineer's professional practice
  6. survey work performed by a licensed surveyor in the surveyor's professional practice
  7. work performed by the Commonwealth or an instrumentality or agency of the State but not work performed for the Commonwealth or an instrumentality or agency by an independent contractor
  8. work performed by the State or an instrumentality or agency of the State but not work performed for the State or an instrumentality or agency by an independent contractor;
  9. work performed by a local government but not work performed for a local government by an independent contractor
  10. work performed by a charitable or community organisation for its own use, if the Authority gives the organisation written notice the work can be excluded from the definition "building work", given the qualifications and experience of persons who will supervise the work
  11. construction, extension, repair or replacement of a water reticulation system, sewerage system or stormwater drain, outside the boundaries of private property
  12. construction, maintenance or repair of a road under the Land Act 1994
  13. construction, maintenance or repair of a bridge other than a bridge on land in private ownership
  14. construction, maintenance or repair of railway tracks, signals or associated structures unless the structures are buildings for residential purposes, or are storage or service facilities
  15. construction, maintenance or repair of airport runways, taxiways and aprons
  16. construction, maintenance or repair of harbours, wharfs and other maritime structures unless the structures are buildings for residential purposes, or are storage or service facilities)
  17. electrical work under the Electrical Safety Act 2002
  18. installation or general repair, by a licensed electrical mechanic, of a fire detection system, alarm system, or emergency warning and communication system for a building;
  19. construction, maintenance or repair of a dam
  20. construction, maintenance or repair of communications installations performed for a public company or other public body engaged in radio or television broadcasting or in some other form of communications business or undertaking
  21. construction, maintenance or repair of a sign that does not have any supporting structure. Example: a sign that consists of only a flat sheet of acrylic resin, fabric, metal or wood
  22. construction, maintenance and repair of a supporting structure for a sign if
    1. the value of building work for the supporting structure is less than $5,000
    2. the top of the sign or supporting structure, whichever is higher, is less than 3m above the surface immediately below the sign or structure, including for example, the ground, or a road or path on which individuals may travel, weather in a vehicle, while walking or in any other way
  23. erection of scaffolding
  24. installation of manufacturing equipment or equipment for hoisting, conveying or transporting materials or products (including primary produce), but excluding the installation of fixed structures providing shelter for the equipment
  25. construction work in mining
  26. hanging of curtains or blinds, or laying of carpets or vinyl
  27. work consisting or monumental masonry, sculpture, or the erection or construction of statues, fountains or other works of art (other than work affecting the structure of a building)
  28. work consisting of earthmoving and excavating
  29. work, other than work within the scope of work of an occupational licence, performed personally by the owner of the land on which the work is performed if
    1. the value of work is less than $6,600; or
    2. under the Building Act 1975, chapter 2, the work is, for the Integrated Planning Act 1997, self assessable development or exempt development
  30. work within the scope of work of a fire protection licence performed personally by the owner of the land on which the work is performed if the value of the work is less than $3,300
  31. certification work performed by a building certifier under the Building Act 1975 in the certifier's professional practice
  32. services performed by a registered valuer under the Valuers Registration Act 1992 in the valuers professional practice
  33. laying of asphalt or bitumen
  34. work done under the Workplace Health And Safety Regulation 1997, part 11, division 3 to comply with the asbestos management code
  35. an inspection, investigation or report for assessment of an insurance claim
  36. work of the type usually performed by a locksmith, whether performed by a locksmith or another person
  37. work consisting of the preparation for, or installation of, insulation for acoustic or thermal control
  38. preparation of plans or specifications for building work for the interior design of a building if the work does not relate to a part of the building that is load bearing or a structural member
  39. contract administration for the interior design of any building
  40. assessment of the energy efficiency of a building.
Nominee supervisor

in relation to a company, means an officer or employee of the company, nominated by the company to have the general supervision of building work carried out under the licence.

Eligibility requirements


You must provide evidence of:

  • an Australian Securities and Investment Commission Historical Extract, no older than 30 days;
  • an appropriately licensed nominated supervisor; and
  • financial requirements for licensing.

You can obtain further details in the application kit available from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

Transferability

You cannot transfer this licence.

Duration

This licence remains in effect for one calendar year. A renewal notice is issued annually.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Fees vary according to the turnover of the company.  All fees prescribed in the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Regulation 2013 (QBCC Regulation) and are reflected in QBCC's website information and the relevant application and renewal forms. 

Application

Company Building Contractors Licence:

You must submit a completed Company licence application form.

Note: Applications will not be approved until all criteria are met so please ensure all the required documentation is included with your application.

To ensure your application will be processed please include the following application forms:

  • Company licence application form;
  • Proof of identity (if photo identification is not available); and
  • Statutory Declaration for partnership agreement.

Please ensure the company nominee holds the same class of licence as the class being applied for. If the nominee holds a restricted class of licence, please check with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission prior to completing the application form.

If the company nominee is applying at the same time as the company, the nominee must meet the requirements contained in the Individual application form.

You can obtain application kits from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

A company performing building work must employ a nominated supervisor who is licensed in the same class. If a nominated supervisor is not currently licensed as a builder, they are required to apply for a licence by completing a form.

You may need to supply any missing documents or information which requires further clarification.


Additional information

New Licence Class: Builder Project Management Services

What does this licence allow the holder to do?

This class has been designed to allow the holder to carry out a range of building work services including management and administrative services primarily as a client-side project manager. It does not allow the holder to manage the physical construction of any buildings.

Why has it been introduced?

It caters for the niche market of client-side project managers and allows for a wider range of suitably qualified contractors to carry out building work services.

What is the scope of work?

The licensee is able to perform the functions of a client-side project manager but not a builder project manager. They are able to engage but not supervise a builder to do the work on behalf of a client. They are not able to engage or supervise subcontractors directly.

The role involves administrative and management functions such as quality control, approving extensions of time claims, issuing directions for variations of the contract, determining values of completed work, suspending work, signing off on progress payments and other such administrative issues on behalf of a client. The holder of this licence is not able to carry out construction work (build anything).

What are the technical qualifications?

Successful completion of a degree in quantity surveying, engineering, architecture or construction management. Please note Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is not able to accept overseas qualifications. Holders of overseas qualifications will need to contact a suitable registered training organization to gain an equivalent Australian qualification.

How many years of experience are required?

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum of four years experience across the scope of work.

Does an applicant have to comply with the financial requirements for licensing?

Yes, all applicants are required to comply with the financial requirements for licensing. Level of turnover will determine the applicable financial category. Turnover is revenue, not project value, e.g. a project is values at $30M but earnings - $150K p.a. An applicant would be able to become licensed based on the $150K turnover and therefore be able to sign a statutory declaration (on the application form) to meet QBCCs financial requirements.

Can a holder of this new licence take out QBCC Home Warranty Insurance?

No, this only covers residential construction work not contract administration.

Are registered engineers and architects exempt from holding this licence?

They are only exempt from holding this licence where they are carrying out works within their professional practice. Work outside their registration is building work for which they will need to apply for this licence.

Administering agency

Minister for Housing and Public Works

Act(s) name

Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Queensland Building and Construction Commission Regulation 2003 (Queensland)

Contact details

Customer Contact Centre
Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Operating address:
299 Montague Road
West End
Queensland 4101
Mailing address:
GPO Box 5099
Brisbane
Queensland 4001

Phone:

1300 272 272

Fax:

07 3225 2999

Website:

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Supporting information

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